Monthly Archives: March 2011

DGCA issues stricter rules for hiring of co-pilots

March 29, 2011

New Delhi: In its ongoing drive to cleanse the system of unqualified pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked all airlines to monitor the hiring and training of co-pilots in a more effective manner and to file a monthly report on this. Any pilot with a commercial pilot licence (CPL) can...

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DGCA: Aspiring pilots’ exam results to be put on the Net

March 28, 2011

Mumbai: To ensure that aspiring pilots and commanders do not indulge in forging of marksheets in connivance with the central examination organisation (CEO), the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) announced that the results will now be published on the website. After the fake pilot licence scam broke out where it was found that...

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Probe into fake pilots scam reveals flying schools fudged logbooks

March 28, 2011

New Delhi: Investigations into the fake pilot scam have revealed that several flying schools were ‘fudging log books’ to escalate the number of flying hours of pilots to get them licenses. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is reportedly conducting an inquiry into the manipulation of logbooks by flying schools and records of...

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Forged marksheets: DGCA chief says more arrests to come

March 28, 2011

New Delhi: Even as the Delhi Police claim to have busted the racket that provided forged marksheets to pilots aspiring to become commanders after arresting one senior officer from the aviation regulator DGCA’s office, the regulatory body’s chief thinks this might not be the last arrest as there’s more cleaning up to do. The...

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End of flying career for 14 ‘fake’ pilots

March 25, 2011

Mumbai: In an unprecedented move, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday revoked a total of 14 commercial pilot licences (CPL), ending the career of those pilots who submitted fake flying training records from Rajasthan State Flying School to procure their licences. This is the first time that India has taken such a...

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The school where fake pilots trained

March 25, 2011

Jaipur/New Delhi: With two more pilots being arrested in Jaipur for submitting fake documents to get their flying licences, the government is slowly waking up to a thriving racket in Rajasthan that churns out fake pilots. The Rajasthan Flying School, operating from two tiny rooms inside the Jaipur airport since the last thirty years,...

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Red tape, lack of transparency resulting in malpractices: Pilots

March 25, 2011

Mumbai: The fake pilot license scam has its roots in the red-tapism and lack of transparency in the workings of the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA), say industry experts. Moreover, the time-consuming examination to get the commercial pilot license (CPL), and stodgy human interface in the absence of computerisation, is making frustrated students...

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Are you seeking leniency for cheating? Take a pilot’s test

March 25, 2011

Mumbai: Any guesses why the fake pilot’s licence scam is so colossal? Past cases of fraud involving pilot’s licences and flight training in India show that the aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has been lenient towards the accused. Though the DGCA has independent powers to revoke a pilot’s licence, it...

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Probe into fake pilot licences reaches Manila

March 25, 2011

New Delhi: The scare created by fake pilots among flyers has forced the government to crack the whip on substandard pilots who could endanger air safety. The aviation ministry is now weighing if it should disallow licences of Indians who train as co-pilots from flying schools in countries with dubious track record. If this...

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All 40-odd flying schools will be audited: Ravi

March 25, 2011

New Delhi: At a time when fake pilot licences are giving sleepless nights to the aviation sector, the civil aviation ministry has ordered an audit of the 40-odd flying schools in the country and made it clear no leniency would be shown. “The issue is very serious. All the flying schools in the country...

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